‘DISS ARE TOO OLD TO PLAY HIGHER’
Going up this year will be a ‘waste of time’ for Diss RFC, unless some youth is injected into the team — according to Sudbury’s head coach, Graham Richards.
The former Natal Sharks, London Harlequins and Malta coach was less than impressed with what he saw from their promotion rivals at Mackenders on Saturday, as Diss bounced back from a wobbly run of league form - three defeats in their last two - with a come-from-behind win to leapfrog their opponents into second place, courtesy of a last-gasp try.
Jamie Burroughs’ stoppage-time touchdown ensured they wiped out Sudbury’s losing bonus-point to head to fifth-placed Norwich tomorrow (2.15pm) on the crest of a wave.
But Richards, who claimed his comments were not sour grapes after being bullied out of the result on Saturday, claims neither side is good enough to be promoted, with Diss needing an overhaul of their old boys to avoid an embarrassment if they go up.
“We didn’t get the ball out wide to our speed merchants once and that is not good enough against a team that are struggling to keep up with high intensity play,” he said.
“They are not good enough to go into the next league and neither are we.
“If they do not put some youth into that team, going up is a waste of time. They have too many old guys, who are doing very well for them at the moment.
“I do not think I am being unkind to them, but if that is the best they have got, that is not good enough to play in London One.
“That is not sour grapes from me, that is a bona fide opinion from someone who it doesn’t matter to next season.”
He adedd: “Slugging games out is not what we are about and if you want to come and watch that every week, fantastic. But not me. That is why Saffron Walden (at home on Saturday) is the game for me, as they play proper rugby.”
Diss head coach Roger Coombs was delighted though, saying: “I thought the boys were tremendous and we played a complete game.”